The Ultimate GarageBand Keyboard. This article looks at thr...

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    hmm, nice article, but i find it a bit odd that they made this review for GarageBand users, when the cheapest keyboard they review is over $500. i mean, GarageBand's actual cost is much less than $50, so i dont see many people going out and buying a super-high end controller just for GarageBand.

    How bout a review of the keyboards that apple is selling through their online store, and some other mid-range keyboards? Granted these keyboards (the ones at the Apple Store) dont have Hammer action or aftertouch, but i have an Edirol PCR-50 (it has a few more keys than the PCR-30), and i love every bit of it. its got an additional 8 Rotary Knobs, 8 Faders, and 9 Buttons, all MIDI assignable, which gives me a lot more control over my software. personally id recommend this keyboard to anyone who doesnt necessarily need the weighted hammer feel, and is looking for some extra control. you can find it new on eBay for around $200. And lastly, a word of caution for those looking, ive heard not-so-good things about M-Audio's keyboards, mosly that the keys have a very flakey feel to them.

    alright im done. :)
     
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    Actually...

    GBUsers.com did do an in-depth look at the Edirol PCR-30 keyboard, which is sold on Apple's GarageBand accessories page.

    The "ultimate keyboard" story makes it clear who the intended audience: new users of GarageBand who want the closest thing possible to a piano from their electronic keyboard.

    http://www.GBUsers.com will undoubtedly feature many more reviews and stories on the plethora of MIDI keyboard/controller options out there.
     
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    For the money they're suggesting you could buy a nice Kerzweil digital piano.. Sheesh.. We like weighted action, but not a weighted price... If someone produces a sub $300 weighted piano midi controller, they'd do quite well. IMO
     
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    Close to $300

    You can get a SL-990 for $369 at GuitarCenter or MusiciansFriend.com.

    Weighted Keys.
    Nice Action

    $369.
     
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    John mayer AAC

    Check this:

    I have the FULL AAC recorded by John Mayer and Steve Jobs during the macworld keynote

    www.brandoncrismon.com/macworld/garageband.m4a

    (yes, i know, you have to save it to disk before iTunes can open it correctly)

    i'm going to take it down if my website starts to go over its aloted bandwidth for the month (which isnt a lot for a $50/year domain)...
     
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    Re: Close to $300

    Hey thanks for the information. I'll forward to my brother-in-law... I bought the PCR-50 before Apple came out with this, but I'm using Cubase and a bunch of virtual instruments.
     
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    Re: Close to $300

    And, I just watched the keynote again, and realized that this is the keyboard that they used during the demo! Can't get much better matched than that.
     

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